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How Does Exercise Reduce The Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes?

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This One Thing Is The Highest Risk For Diabetes

Regular exercise plays an important role in the daily maintenance of your blood sugar levels Reducing your daily activity and not exercising, even just for a few days, causes changes in your body that are associated with diabetes Exercise directly impacts your risk of developing diabetes, with regular exercise acting as a strong preventive mechanism When using exercise therapeutically for diabetes, high-intensity, burst-type exercises such as Peak Fitness are key By Dr. Mercola The latest research out of the University of Missouri should be required reading for the 79 million Americans with pre-diabetes and the 26 million with the full-blown disease. Taken together, this amounts to one in four Americans struggling with diabetes and the vast majority of these cases are type 2. When diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, many believe their fate has been sealed and all they can do now is "control" it. More than 50 percent of type 2 diabetics are also not even aware they have diabetes, while millions of others are living in a state of insulin resistance (pre-diabetes) that could progress into diabetes at any time. If someone told you there was a "magic" trick you could do that would almost in Continue reading >>

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  1. Seeking

    I'm Confused About Reactive Hypoglycemia

    I've been reading about reactive (postprandial) hypoglycemia and I'm just confused as ever. Here's why...
    Doctors and science professionals (in the articles that I've been reading) seem to all agree that a normal A1C value means that you cannot be having any trouble with sugar or insulin in your body.
    But if that is the case, why do I sometimes experience what feels to me like reactive hypoglycemia (see below examples)? And why do I seem to have Acanthosis nigricans (darkening under the armpits and inner thighs)? Acanthosis nigricans means that you have higher than normal circulating insulin levels.
    Please note that I do not take insulin, Metformin, or anything like that. My A1C is 5.2%.
    Example #1 (this has been going on for over 10 years):
    After I eat 3 to 5 large chocolate chip cookies or a few brownies or a big slice of cake or a big slice of pie, etc, I will get very tired within an hour (usually in the first 30 mins). Sometimes I will become so tired that I need to take a nap, which lasts for about 2-3 hours. Besides the immediate fatigue, I will also experience confusion, inability to concentrate, difficulty remembering anything, inability to make decisions, blurred vision and general brain fog.
    Example #2 (this has been going on for over 10 years):
    If the first thing I eat in the morning is 2 cups of wheat bran flakes I will feel absolutely horrible for up to 6 hours afterwards, with the worst of it occurring within the first 3 hours of eating it. The sleepiness/drowsiness will not be intense enough to need to take a nap, but I will feel irritated, cranky, confused, out-of-it, dizzy, and will be incapable of making decisions, forgetful, have difficulty concentrating, have blurred vision, etc.
    Example #3
    After an intense cardio workout, I get the same symptoms as in Example #1. (Slow response of the liver to release glucagon?)
    Example #4 (this has been going on for over 3 years):
    I have darkening of the skin in my armpit region and inner thigh region. This has been confirmed by my fiance.
    Now, here's where I'm confused. If I really am experiencing reactive hypoglycemia and acanthosis nigricans, doesn't that seem to contradict this idea that a normal A1C of 5.2% means that all is well in the world of blood glucose and insulin levels?
    What is going on here? If I really do have normal insulin levels and normal blood sugar metabolism, what is causing the symptoms in the four examples above?
    I have already made the decision to buy a meter and strips and start testing. This will happen starting next week.

  2. Shanny

    My take on it is that docs are wrong to consider only A1c and fastings levels - absolutely unequivocally wrong.
    The first place this metabolic issue raises its ugly head is postprandial. You can still have good fasting numbers, and you can have horrible swings in postprandials and still have a good A1c, because the lows you are suffering cancel out the highs.
    You're wise to get the meter and start testing - be sure you log everything so you can take to your doc a comprehensive account of what, when and how much you ate, and what effect those meals had on your blood sugar.

  3. Mar2a

    I'm another non-diagnosed diabetic. My A1c and fasting blood sugars are close to normal, but with the exception of the Acanthosis nigricans, I have the same symptoms as you.
    Some of the testing strategies I used might be helpful to you, but then again, maybe not. We're all so maddeningly different, LOL!
    Try testing before a meal, 1 hour after, and 2 hours after the meal. Start timing at the first bite, not when you finish eating.
    I didn't find much out from those tests, but eventually started testing at the 90-minute mark. That showed a huge spike. (Now my spike is at 45 minutes.) So, give it some time, but if you don't find anything unusual at 1 and 2 hours, try 45 minutes and 90 minutes.
    For exercise, I tested before, right after, and 1 and 2 hours after that. Didn't see anything really conclusive, but then one day a couple of weeks ago, I was participating in the Big Blue Test and tested before (101) and 15 minutes into the exercise (67!) So, you might try something like that.
    You might want to look at my posts elsewhere in the forum. Seems like we have similar presentations.
    Good luck!

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